Handshake: an exploration of robot interaction

In times of physical distancing, when touching becomes unreachable; “Handshake” is a platform on which strangers can interact with each other, virtually but also physically. The robotic installation by artistic duo AATB will run from May 28 to June 30 alongside a series of online conversations with robotics experts that discuss some of the questions […]

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SLAMcore raises $5 million to meet growing demand for robotics

London, 17 JUNE 2020: SLAMcore,a UK company developing spatial AI algorithms for robots and drones,has secured$5million in a funding round led by Octopus Ventures and MMC Ventures, with participation from Amadeus Capital Partners and Toyota AI Ventures. The funding will allow SLAMcore to meet the increasing demand of the robotics market, which has seen demand skyrocket due to COVID-19. […]

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Silicon Valley Robotics wins RBR50 Innovation Award

California’s Silicon Valley Bay Area is the quintessential business cluster for software, hardware, high-tech services innovation and now as a business cluster for robotics as well. The area contains more than 50 robotics research labs, with over 500 autonomous systems startups, thousands of investors, and many other robotics ecosystem participants, all driving the innovation and […]

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How does robotics research funding compare globally?

The Corona crisis highlights the important contribution that robots make to industry and to society. Research funding programs (R&D) are vital to enable and further support these developments. IFR summarized national funding programs in the new “World Robotics R&D Programs”. How Nations Invest in Robotics Research – report by International Federation of Robotics Tweet this […]

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Venture Deals Study Group

We’re hosting a STUDY GROUP for robotics/hardware and frontier tech startups who are working through the free “Venture Deals” course from Kauffman Fellows and TechStars, with instructors Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson. Gain additional mentorship and guidance through Silicon Valley Robotics and Circuit Launch accelerator. Free for Silicon Valley Robotics or Circuit Launch members. Sign […]

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Society, Robots and Us: the conversations we need to have (next Oct 6)

On October 6 at 6pm PDT we’ll be discussing the economics of Open Source Robotics in Society, Robots and Us. Free and open to all: https://societyrobotsandus.eventbrite.com Guest speakers include: Katherine Scott, Open Robotics and Board Member of Open Hardware Ryan Gariepy, Clearpath Robotics Camilo Buscaron, Amazon Web Services and Robotics Ross Ingram, Maslo.ai Jason Hampton-Taylor, […]

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ICRA 2020 launches with plenary panel ‘COVID-19: How Roboticists Can Help’

ICRA is the largest robotics meeting in the world and is the flagship conference of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society. It is thus our honor and pleasure to welcome you to this edition, although the current exceptional circumstances did not allow us to organize it in Paris as planned with the glimpse and splendor that our wonderful robotics […]

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RAC ‘Emerging Trends in Retail Robotics’ report released

Robots are increasingly being deployed in retail environments. The reasons for this include: to relieve staff from the performance of repetitive and mundane tasks; to reallocate staff to more value-added, customer-facing activities; to realize operational improvements; and, to utilize real-time in-store generated data. Due to the impact of the 2020 Coronavirus outbreak, we can now […]

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Open Problems for Robots in Surgery and Healthcare

Online Mini-Symposium, Free and open to the public.Tues 19 May, 2020, 9:30-1:30pm PT, via Zoom All videos are here online ! The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing global demand for robots that can assist in surgery and healthcare. This symposium focuses on recent advances and open problems in robot-assisted tele-surgery and tele-medicine and needs for new research and development. […]

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SLAM and Spatial AI

You can watch this seminar here at 1PM EST (10AM PST) on May 15th.  Andrew Davison (Imperial College London) Abstract: To enable the next generation of smart robots and devices which can truly interact with their environments, Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) will progressively develop into a general real-time geometric and semantic `Spatial AI’ perception capability. I […]

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SLAMcore a finalist in Embedded Vision Summit showcase

SLAMcore debuts full-stack spatial AI SDK in industry competition The three most challenging questions in autonomous robotics are: where am I? how far away are the objects around me? and, what are those objects? The vast majority of robot failures stem from an inability to answer these basic questions. As a result, developers and designers […]

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Where are the robots when you need them!

That’s a question we’re trying to answer in our weekly discussions about ‘COVID-19, robots and us’, but it was repeated with urgency by Rachel ‘McCrafty’ Sadd. Rachel has been building systems and automation for COVID mask making, as the founder of Project Mask Making and #distillmyheart projects in the SF Bay Area, an artist and […]

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Can robots make food service safer for workers?

Health care workers are not the only unwilling essential services frontline workers at increased risk of COVID-19. According to the Washington Post on April 12, “At least 41 grocery workers have died of the coronavirus and thousands more have tested positive in recent weeks”. At the same time, grocery stores are seeing a surge in […]

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Robots providing social support while we’re social distancing

Wired Magazine recently called for us to, post pandemic, “ditch our tech enabled tools of social distancing”. But are our telepresence robots creating emotional distancing or are they actually improving our emotional lives. This week in our weekly “COVID-19, robots and us” discussion with experts, we’re looking at the topic of virtual presence and emotional […]

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Formant free for COVID deployments!

Humans, please help us spread the word that our platform is available to anyone that can leverage it in the fight against coronavirus. We’re very focussed on accelerating the deployments of robots, however I’m sure there are other applications that you might imagine where we could have some impact. Let’s get creative. #robots #coronavirus #covid19 […]

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